Firesmart thinning has taken place in numerous locations around Canmore in the past number of years to help manage and mitigate the threat of wildfire. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to Albertans and their communities while balancing the benefits of wildfire on the landscape. Please click here to view the map of where Firesmart burning or thinning has been done in Canmore. More information on the program can be found here.
The proposed FireSmart fuel reduction involves thinning of the coniferous underbrush and forest canopy, pruning of limbs on residual coniferous trees, and cleanup of surface debris. It does not clear-cut all trees in the area. The work proposed with this development permit is a discretionary use (under logging) in this (and all) land use districts and does not require a variance. It complies with Land Use Bylaw 22-2010.
A decision on the development permit is anticipated to be made the week of Jan. 22, 2018. If you have questions or comments in advance of a decision, please contact Camila Ramos-Strankman (contact information below).
Notice of development permit decisions are provided weekly in the Rocky Mountain Outlook and a Notice of Decision will be posted on the site. A decision becomes final 21 days from the date the Notice of Decision is displayed on the property.
An appeal of this decisions requires a “NOTICE OF APPEAL” application obtained from the Development Appeal Board Secretary, 902–7th Avenue, Planning & Development Department 403.678.1515. There is a $250 fee to commence an appeal.